Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pretty in the City: Shoreditch + Guardian Coffee

Last week we took a walk to our old stomping ground, which has changed somewhat in 3 years, but Shoreditch is clinging to its former glory, despite feeling more and more like the West End. There are many nails in the coffin (Topman, Pret a Manger, a block of flats called the Avant Garde Tower, I could go on) but there is still just about enough roughness and dirt to feel honest, so it isn't dead and buried quite yet. As always, there was some wicked art on the buildings to be seen:




A little walk on round the Boxpark popup mall (eugh, hate that word) brought us to the Guardian Coffee Shop, set up as a "data driven" spot to sup your morning caffeine, tables have an ipad attached to catch up on your daily news, and of course wifi means there are a bunch of people on their laptops for the day - though it's not the most comfortable of choices. Serving fairly decent coffee from Nude Espresso (though somewhat cold, and expensive). I was obviously more interested in the deco.

All fittings were made by Unto This Last, furniture makers around the corner in Shoreditch, we own a table and a sideboard from them, and love their stuff, and where they are coming from, so I was pleased to see their bent ply curvy stools and minimal, mid-century-esque tables and benches. The industrial lighting was pretty cool, and I'm willing to bet was supplied from Historic Lighting (if not, you can certainly get similar vintage inspired light fittings and a great range of coloured cable from them).

I also loved the bespoke toile-effect wallpaper, particularly the teal-blue shade of the design, though I haven't been able to find out who designed it.  Find more contemporary (and arguably infinitely cooler) toile urban scenes from Timorous Beasties.


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  2. ”I also loved the bespoke toile-effect wallpaper, particularly the teal-blue shade of the design, though I haven't been able to find out who designed it…“ Sorry for the very late reply, but it was a production of MohawkHQ and us www.Bergfest.at as the creators of the illustrations. Thank you for mentioning. Best regards from Hamburg, JUM

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